Here’s an update on COVID-19 cases in Ontario as well as in the greater Kawarthas region.
Ontario is reporting 2,578 new cases today — the lowest single-day increase since January 1st when 2,476 cases were reported. The seven-day average of daily cases across the province has now decreased by 108 to 3,035.
In the greater Kawarthas region, there are 21 new cases to report and 20 additional cases resolved, with 1 new death in Northumberland. The number of active cases across the region has increased by 1 to 146.
Most of today’s new cases are in Toronto (815), Peel (507), York (151), Niagara (151), and Hamilton (121).
There are double-digit increases in Windsor-Essex (97), Ottawa (92), Waterloo (85), Halton (79), Durham (76), Middlesex-London (67), Simcoe Muskoka (65), Lambton (52), Wellington-Dufferin-Guelph (51), Eastern Ontario (36), Southwestern (31), Chatham-Kent (28), Huron Perth (15), Haldimand-Norfolk (13), Brant (12), with smaller increases in Thunder Bay (8) and Haliburton, Kawartha, Pine Ridge (7).
The remaining 12 health units are reporting 5 or fewer new cases, with 3 health units reporting no new cases at all.
Of today’s new cases, 51% are among people 39 and younger, with the highest number of cases (972) among people ages 20-39, followed by 743 cases among people ages 40-59. With 2,826 more cases resolved since yesterday, the percentage of resolved cases has increased by 0.2% to 85.8%. The average positivity rate across Ontario has increased since yesterday by 1.4% to 6.6%, meaning that 66 out of every 1,000 tests performed were positive for COVID-19 on January 17.
Ontario is reporting 24 new COVID-19 deaths today, including 14 in long-term care homes. Hospitalizations have increased by 1 from yesterday to 1,571, although this number is likely under-reported as more than 10% of hospitals did not submit data for today’s report. The number of patients with COVID-19 in ICUs has decreased by 1 to 394, and the number of patients with COVID-19 on ventilators has increased by 10 to 303.
A total of 18,481 tests were completed yesterday, with the backlog of tests under investigation decreasing by 11,622 to 18,481. A total of 209,788 doses of vaccine have been administered, with 9,691 daily doses administered and 21,752 total vaccinations completed (i.e., both doses administered).
Due to the winter break and the remote learning period during the state of emergency, there will be no data to report for schools in southern Ontario until at least January 26. There are 29 new cases in licensed child care settings in Ontario, no change from the last report on January 15, with 20 cases among children and 9 cases among staff.
In the greater Kawarthas region, there are 21 new cases to report, including 10 in Northumberland, 5 in Kawartha Lakes, 4 in Haliburton, and 2 in Hastings Prince Edward. There are no new cases to report in Peterborough.
There is 1 new death to report in Northumberland and there is 1 new hospitalization in Peterborough.
An outbreak was declared at Warkworth Place long-term care home in Warkworth on January 17, increasing to 9 the number of active outbreaks in the Haliburton, Kawartha, Pine Ridge District Health Unit region.
Of the new cases reported in licensed child care settings, 1 staff case has been reported at Victoria Park Child Care Centre in Cobourg.
An additional 20 cases have been resolved, including 8 in Peterborough, 5 in Kawartha Lakes, 5 in Northumberland, and 2 in Hastings Prince Edward. There are 2 fewer hospitalizations in Hastings Prince Edward.
There are currently 146 active cases in the greater Kawarthas region, an increase of 1 from yesterday, including 49 in Peterborough, 44 in Northumberland, 28 in Hastings Prince Edward (8 in Quinte West, 16 in Belleville, 1 in Prince Edward County, and 2 in Central Hastings), 21 in Kawartha Lakes, and 4 in Haliburton.
Since the pandemic began in the greater Kawarthas region, there have been 481 confirmed positive cases in the Peterborough area (426 resolved with 6 deaths), 336 in the City of Kawartha Lakes (293 resolved with 36 deaths), 345 in Northumberland County (295 resolved with 6 deaths), 43 in Haliburton County (38 resolved with no deaths), and 358 in Hastings and Prince Edward counties (325 resolved with 5 deaths). The most recent death was reported in Northumberland on January 17.
The provincial data in this report is pulled from Ontario’s integrated Public Health Information System (iPHIS) at 12 p.m. the previous day. Data from local health units is more current and is usually reflected in the provincial data the following day. There may be discrepancies between the Ontario data reported today (which is from yesterday) and the local health unit data reported today (which is from today).
Peterborough Public Health
Peterborough Public Health’s service area is the City and County of Peterborough and the Hiawatha and Curve Lake First Nations.
The health unit provides daily reports, including on weekends, excluding statutory holidays.
Confirmed positive: 481 (no change)
Active cases: 49 (decrease of 7)
Close contacts: 105 (decrease of 10)
Deaths: 6 (no change)
Resolved: 426 (increase of 8)
Hospitalizations (total to date): 20 (increase of 1)*
Total tests completed: Over 40,600 (increase of 100)
Outbreaks: Fairhaven long-term care home in Peterborough, The Regency retirement home in Lakefield, Centennial Place long-term care home in Millbrook (no change)
*As of January 18, Peterborough Regional Health Centre is reporting fewer than 10 patients hospitalized with COVID-19, with fewer than 10 patients transferred from other areas as a result of a provincial directive. The hospital is not providing exact numbers of patients.
Haliburton, Kawartha, Pine Ridge District Health Unit
The Haliburton, Kawartha, Pine Ridge District Health Unit’s service area is the City of Kawartha Lakes, Northumberland County, and Haliburton County.
The health unit provides reports from Monday to Saturday, excluding statutory holidays. These numbers include January 17 and 18.
Confirmed positive: 724, including 336 in Kawartha Lakes, 345 in Northumberland, and 43 in Haliburton (increase of 19, including 5 in Kawartha Lakes, 10 in Northumberland, and 4 in Haliburton)*
Active cases: 70, including 21 in Kawartha Lakes, 44 in Northumberland, and 5 in Haliburton (increase of 10, including 2 in Kawartha Lakes, 4 in Northumberland, and 4 in Haliburton)
Probable cases: 2 in Kawartha Lakes (net decrease of 1)
High-risk contacts: 163, including 69 in Kawartha Lakes, 62 in Northumberland, and 14 in Haliburton (net increase of 14)**
Hospitalizations (total to date): 29, including 19 in Kawartha Lakes, 9 in Northumberland, and 1 in Haliburton (no change)***
Deaths (including among probable cases): 42, including 36 in Kawartha Lakes and 6 in Northumberland (increase of 1 in Northumberland)
Resolved: 625, including 292 in Kawartha Lakes, 295 in Northumberland, 38 in Haliburton (increase of 10, including 5 in Kawartha Lakes and 5 in Northumberland)
Institutional outbreaks: Hope St. Terrace long-term care home in Port Hope, Fenelon Court in Fenelon Falls, Island Park Retirement Residence in Campbellford, Maplewood long-term care home in Brighton, Caressant Care McLaughlin Road in Lindsay, Tower of Port Hope, Canadian Centre for Addictions in Port Hope, Golden Plough Lodge in Cobourg, Warkworth Place long-term care home in Warkworth (increase of 1)****
*The health unit states that total counts and counts for individual counties may fluctuate from previously reported counts as cases are transferred to or from the health unit based on case investigation details and routine data cleaning.
**This total includes an additional 18 high-risk contacts directly followed up through the Public Health Ontario contact tracing process that are missing the contacts’ county.
***As of January 18, Ross Memorial Hospital in Lindsay reports 5 patients are hospitalized with COVID-19.
****An outbreak was declared at Warkworth Place long-term care home in Warkworth on January 17.
Hastings Prince Edward Public Health
Hastings Prince Edward Public Health’s service area is Hastings County (including Bancroft) and Prince Edward County.
The health unit provides daily reports, excluding statutory holidays.
Confirmed positive: 358 (increase of 2)
Active cases: 28 (no change)
Deaths: 5 (no change)
Currently hospitalized: 1 (decrease of 2)
Currently hospitalized and in ICU: 0 (no change)
Currently hospitalized and in ICU on ventilator (total to date): 0 (no change)
Resolved: 325 (increase of 2)
Tests completed: 38,352
Institutional outbreaks: Hastings Manor Beech Villa in Belleville, Crown Ridge long-term care home in Quinte West (no change)
Province of Ontario
Confirmed positive: 240,364 (increase of 2,578)
Resolved: 206,310 (increase of 2,826, 85.8% of all cases)
Positivity rate: 6.6% (increase of 1.4%)
Hospitalized: 1,571 (increase of 1)*
Hospitalized and in ICU: 394 (decrease of 1)
Hospitalized and in ICU on ventilator: 303 (increase of 10)
Deaths: 5,433 (increase of 24)
Deaths of residents in long-term care homes: 3,212 (increase of 14)
Total tests completed: 8,965,747 (increase of 40,301)
Tests under investigation: 18,481 (decrease of 11,622)
Vaccinations: 9,691 daily doses administered, 209,788 total doses administered, 21,752 total vaccinations completed (both doses)
*As more than 10% of hospitals did not submit data for this report, this number is likely under-reported.
For more information about COVID-19 in Ontario, visit covid-19.ontario.ca.